Triumphs(?) of librarianship

A woman approaches me at the table in the library where I am working.

"I want to get on page."

"Excuse me?"

"You work here?"

"I... I... do. I guess."

"I want to get on page. You help me?" She gestures to the area where she's working.

"I... you should probably ask over there instead." I gesture to the reference desk.

"You work here? You help me. Come here, I want to get on page." A panicked look, I'm sure, crosses my face. I kinda work here, but I don't know anything about the collection! She looks like she's going to grab my arm and start pulling, though, so I follow her over to her computer anyway. No one from the reference desk looks in our direction and catches my frantic gaze so I am at the mercy of the patron. She points to a word on the screen. "I want to get on page."

"Oh, HOMEPAGE," I try not to say, pretending that I understood her all along.

She's been clicking on the "Homepage" link of the library's site and can't figure out how to get to *Unidentified International Organization*'s homepage. So I type in the URL and everyone is fine and dandy. I'm a reference librarian!

srah - Wednesday, 2 March 2005 - 11:26 AM
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gravatar alfie - March 2, 2005 - 5:07 PM -


gravatar bobby - March 2, 2005 - 6:12 PM -

Glad you were there to help her get on page.

gravatar mommy - March 2, 2005 - 9:31 PM -

I'm so proud of you!

gravatar senatorhung - March 3, 2005 - 12:36 PM -

sometimes you just got to take the bull by the horns. i remember working as a library assistant and not being allowed to answer reference questions directly. "umm, those blue books on the 6th bay of shelves on the back wall are really catch eye-catching aren't they ?" *wink* *wink*.

gravatar Cari - March 3, 2005 - 7:54 PM -

Go Srah..way to be a librarian!

gravatar Noor - March 6, 2005 - 6:57 PM -

did they have one of these signs next to you?

gravatar srah - March 6, 2005 - 7:04 PM -

Hee hee. No! And I wasn't even at the reference desk, so I don't know how she knew I was working there!

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